I breastfed all of my children but each of them for different lengths of time and in different ways. Through it all, I learned that each baby is truly unique and that's okay.
I love working alongside families and watching them grow in confidence in caring for their babies.
Hospital, outpatient clinic, in-home and virtual
My husband and I have 7 children, 2 son-in-laws, and 2 grandchildren.
I enjoy reading, tennis/pickleball, walking and spending time with family and friends.
I have been an RN since 1996 and received my Masters in Nursing Education in 2019. I have advanced training in postpartum depression and anxiety.
My sixth child struggled with gaining weight, nursing and taking a bottle. I reached out for help early and was told that I would "figure it out" because I had breastfed before. I knew something was not right, but I felt helpless. This led to weeks of anxiety, feeling alone and dismissed. We did eventually meet with an IBCLC and get the answers we needed. I knew that I never wanted another mom to have the same experience that I did, so I shifted my nursing career towards lactation.
I believe every parent deserves to be heard and understood and then provided with accurate guidance to empower them to care for their child.
Being a new parent is sometimes hard or confusing. It's not because you are doing something wrong. Be gentle with yourself, and give yourself space to learn and grow. Know there are resources and people who want to come alongside you to answer your questions and guide you if needed. Learn from them. You'll be glad you did.